Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2013. Time: 5:30 to 9:00 pm
First speaker will begin at 6:30pm, (which is earlier than usual,) to give you 2 PDUs
Four Missing Elements in your Project Managers
Todd C. Williams
Projects don’t need process. They require project managers who are partners in achieving the organization’s goals. PMs need to negotiate reasonable alternatives, sell innovative ideas, and motivate teams. They must be leaders who can transform the customer’s wants to needs. Otherwise, executives will be plagued with underperforming and failing projects.
The "Secret" Reason IT Projects Fail at a Rate of 75%
and are likely to continue so...
Everyone knows that IT projects struggle to succeed much more than other kinds. We often laugh off that failure rate saying “Well, there are people involved. What else could you expect?” Silently hoping such claims transfer our accountability for project success to them as their responsibility for failure When a project goes well we might say “Finally I had the right people,” proving our point all along: it is the others that are the problem. Many organizations have invested heavily in training project managers; using proven PM practices, and many PM positions now require PM certifications or qualifications. The hope is that increased rigor will limit failures. Yet the failure rate remains unchanged.
In this short, energetic presentation, Mr. Tollefson explores the assumptions of that thinking, how our own confidence in our tools and practices, if not complemented with… may actually contribute to the problem, and how we as project managers might be the real problem. Why? Because project success is our responsibility. Even when doing everything right; many things can still go wrong. As ambassadors of our profession we should probably admit that we have all seriously missed something significant here. Jack presents a new conceptual model to start the discussion around the missing “secret”.
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